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Postcard history tells Kauai tale
By Burl Burlingame   - 07/31/2011

Star Advertiser

More Info on This Book: Surfing in Hawai'i: 1778-1930

Arcadia hits one out of the park with this nicely produced picture history of the early days of surfing, covering the period from Capt. Cook's first glimpse of board riding to roughly 1930, about the time surfing became more organized. There's a surprising number of images naked Hawaiian maidens riding the waves was a popular sort of illustration, apparently and the pictures get photographic around the turn of the century. That's the beginning of the Kahanamoku era, and the half-dozen Hawaiian brothers were aquatic superstars. The smart, knowing text is from DeLaVega, who's helped out on occasion by Kahanamoku biographer Sandra Kimberley Hall. The pictures are well chosen and nicely reproduced, and bring alive an era when surfing was largely a local, happily disorganized phenomenon.



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